How to clean aftermarket wind screens? - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
Bike and Rider Gear For discussions on different gear for the ride & rider.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 Old 09-04-2012, 01:14 AM Thread Starter
1st Gear
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: 42420
Posts: 19
How to clean aftermarket wind screens?

My v strom has a givi wind screen on it, which works great, but it gets covered with bug guts from the trips back and forth to work. Im scared to scratch the plastic, but id also like to not spend 30 minutes with plastic polish every time i clean the wind screen. What do you guys use to clean your wind screens, or will almost anything work with few ill-effects to the plastic? Thanks!
SRTeric is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 Old 09-04-2012, 04:48 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mid-Atlantic
Posts: 763
A "standard brand" product exists for this purpose; "Plexus,' a sort of neo-white paste type of compound . . . bought mine at a Harley dealership; I'm sure they can fix you up!

Last edited by LoneRider; 09-04-2012 at 04:51 AM.
LoneRider is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old 09-04-2012, 06:15 AM
2nd Gear
 
thetable's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Loudoun, VA
Posts: 303
Plexus works great, but at a price$!
Honda Polish also works well for much less money.
You can also take a rag soaked in warm water and just leave it sit on the plastic for a few minutes.
A hydrogen peroxide and water mix will also do a nice job cleaning the bugs right off.
thetable is offline  
 
post #4 of 7 Old 09-04-2012, 09:04 AM
Moderator
 
klr4evr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Fort Sask , Alberta, Canada
Posts: 3,489
Garage
Send a message via Skype™ to klr4evr
This is my method for my Goldwing.

Soak micro fiber cloth in warm water and let sit on windshield. After bugs are soft wash with micro fiber wash mitt and then dry and polish with clean micro fiber cloth.

The polish I use is 210 Cleaner & Polish. This is an aircraft grade polish recommended to me by a helicopter pilot. Google 210 polish and you'll find places to buy it.

Plexus is alright but it's pricey.

I would be reluctant to use any chemical on the plastic. Various plastics react differently. You may get it clean but you may remove a coating or create a haze. Ask how I know.

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

<--- Please fill in the 'Location' on your personal profile page. User CP/Edit Your Details

This information makes it much easier for other members to answer/comment on your posts.
klr4evr is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 09-14-2012, 08:22 PM
1st Gear
 
Hoyks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: SE QLD
Posts: 29
Flush with water and get a wet microfiber cloth to get the bodies off, I keep a damp one in a zip top bag in my jacket as it is handy for the visor as well.

The important thing is to use long forward and aft strokes when cleaning or polishing. You will put really fine scratches in the plastic, that's how the polish works, but if they all go in 1 direction they are much less noticeable to the eye. It's the swirl marks stand out like dogs balls.
Hoyks is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old 09-14-2012, 08:54 PM
Threadjacker
 
Lockjaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Benicia, CA
Posts: 6,750
Rubbing alcohol.




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

PPMC #1.
Soon, we ride.

AKA JD Mader or you can call me "Dan" just not early for dinner.

Click my handle for a link to my homepage/blog...which has nothing to do with MCs. Free literature and music! Viva La Revolucion!
-------------------
2008 KLR 650
RIP DM - Soon, we ride.
Lockjaw is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 09-15-2012, 06:25 AM
2nd Gear
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Eastern Alberta
Posts: 216
Same as klr4ever - except I use a synthetic "chamois" - soak it in hot water, no additives, flop it on the bug splats. Leave it for 5 or 10 mins, wash off without scrubbing too hard with more clean hot water. No need to sand through the windshield they are only bugs after all... I follow up with some Plexus using a microfiber cloth as per instructions
Slowpoke is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to clean air filter carlecamp How To's & Tech Guides 25 05-04-2016 01:04 PM
How do you clean up your klr? SRTeric KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion 13 09-06-2012 02:37 PM
08 Clean Air System Lin How To's & Tech Guides 0 08-07-2008 10:51 PM
Best way to clean my air filter ? Bratski 1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods 5 07-30-2008 05:42 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome